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A Special Lady Indeed


Marilyn Monroe onboard the SS United States. CBS Sunday Morning http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvzaMIaDAow

Marilyn Monroe onboard the SS United States. CBS Sunday Morning http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvzaMIaDAow

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No, this beautiful lady is not Marilyn Monroe, though Marilyn was beautiful. This beautiful lady is under Marilyn’s feet in the above photograph. This beautiful lady is the SS United States. Impressed by the Cunard liners RMS Queen Mary and RMS Queen Elizabeth, which transported hundreds of thousands of troops to and from Europe for World War Two, the United States government sponsored and heavily subsidized the SS United States. The American government wanted a large fast ocean liner that could transport large numbers of troops to Europe in a time of war. The government paid $50 million of the $78 million construction costs, and subsidized the operating costs. The was designed by the same firm that designed more than two thirds of the ships built during World War Two, and they put the best naval architect in America on the job, William Francis Gibbs.

English: SS United States and SS America in Ne...

English: SS United States and SS America in New York. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The SS United States is truly the most impressive ocean liner ever built. Not just for her day (she was built in 1952), but even today 61 years later. You may find that hard to believe now, but hopefully by the end of this article you will understand why I make that claim.

English: This is a picture postcard showing th...

English: This is a picture postcard showing the SS United States. These postcards were sold on ship for passenger and souvenir use. 日本語: 客船「ユナイテッド・ステーツ」のポストカード (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The SS United States was built to US Navy standards because of all the money they were pouring into it. She was heavily compartmentalized so she could take quite a bit of damage and not only stay afloat but under her own power. Her engine room and hull below the water line were classified. In 1978, nine years after she was laid up, this information (still classified) was leaked to the public. Her cruising speed was 32 knots ( 37 mph, 59 km/h) her maximum sustained speed was 35 knots and her maximum speed (for short sprints) was 38 knots (44 mph, 71 km/h). She had 240,000 shaft horse power. Her maximum displacement (weight) was 47, 265 tons. Maximum gross registered tons (cubic feet of cargo/passenger space 100 cubic feet = 1 ton).

SS United States sun deck during eastbound tra...

SS United States sun deck during eastbound transatlantic voyage (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On her maiden voyage, she broke the east bound speed record for a ocean liner in regular trans-Atlantic service. On her return trip, she broke the west bound speed record for a ocean liner in regular trans-Atlantic service. This gave the SS United States the Blue Riband, an honor the SS United States still holds to this day. There have been catamarans who have bested the SS United States east bound record and they received the Hales Trophy, but they were not ocean liners in regular passenger service and they did not make a westbound crossing. So, the SS United States retains its west bound speed record and the Blue Riband.

English: United States (ship)

English: United States (ship) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The SS United States had the luxury you would expect of the world’s greatest ocean liner in passenger service and catered to some of the most famous people of her 17-year career. Presidents, royalty, stars, athletes, and the wealthiest of the wealthy, all took passage aboard the SS United States.

SS United States disembarking at Le Havre

SS United States disembarking at Le Havre (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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I would like to be able to tell you that all is ll with this historic ship, but it is not. An anonymous donor donated $5.8 million to preserve the ship. Not just the greatest ocean liner ever made in the United States, but in the world. However, the SS United States Conservancy is stll $500,000 short and they have about two months to raise the funds. The good news is the effort is being spearheaded by the William Francis Gibbs’ grandaughter, and you can help. Just $1 USD can buy one square inch. Below are more articles and video clips where you can learn even more about this unique historic ship, and what you can do to help. Thank You!

https://www.facebook.com/SSUSC

http://www.nbcnews.com/travel/itineraries/titanic-undertakings-can-classic-ocean-liners-make-comeback-1C8543842

http://www.usatoday.com/picture-gallery/travel/cruises/2012/11/12/ss-united-states/1699479/

http://ss-united-states.com/galleryvt.html

http://www.mail.com/news/us/1977354-historic-ship-philly-short-funds-time.html#.7518-stage-hero1-2

http://youtu.be/SFW9ugJ6VyY    http://youtu.be/6AOxta5koIM    http://youtu.be/AtXUAYkKOvA

http://youtu.be/BvzaMIaDAow    http://youtu.be/SFW9ugJ6VyY   http://youtu.be/t6RJnOeVlD8

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Make a splash on the SEAL!


Russel Ray Photos

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Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Sometimes, in order to see the best of San Diego, you have to leave the driving to someone else.

The first time I remember hearing about driving was when our family was driving home to Brigham City, Utah, from Salt Lake City one snowy, dark, winter night. Dad was tired and mom offered to drive. After pulling over and switching seats, mom proceeded to take us on down the highway. I don’t remember how long it was, but mom was driving when we skidded on some ice and spun around, coming to a stop at the edge of the road, which happened to be a cliff with a long drop-off to the canyon below. Fortunately, the guardrail, while damaged, did its job. Dad said something about how things go bad when you leave the driving to someone else. He might have said something about women drivers, but I’m not going…

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Thank You !!!


Sunday Morning

Sunday Morning (Photo credit: jspaw)

March 2012 I decided to share Sunday mornings with you, just a few minutes of quiet time, while we enjoy our morning cup of coffee. This past week I broke the 500th like mark for my posts. You did that, and I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you. I truly appreciate you and the time we share together.

You are a truly marvelous person. Unique from all other humans who have ever been born. You have special talents, which though they may be similar to talents of others, are unique because they are of you, and there is no one like you. Some of you are having a hard time right now. Believe in yourself. Determine where you want to be in the future. Keep your eyes, mind, and heart on that goal. Take time each day to think about your goal. Look at your daily activities when you have succeeded and compare those to your daily activities today. Those things that will not be a part of your life … remove them this year, one item at a time. Those things that will be a part of your life when your goals are reached, make them a part of your daily life now … one item at a time.

You are great, you are marvelous, you are beautiful, and unique. When you focus and set your mind to something no one can stop, no one. Others can only slow you down, and try to rob you of your confidence. Do not let them. On your own you can accomplish what you thought was impossible. Together, with those who love and support you, there is no limit to what you may do.

Take care my friend

My wish for you is peace, joy, and love,

Joe

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Sunday’s Article — A Continuation Of Beautiful Ladies


Last week, our article was on The Del. This week I will follow it up with another story of another beautiful lady made in the USA. This is our first article on this particular beautiful lady, and I hope you will enjoy it.

Joe

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A Beautiful Lady


Hotel del Coronado, Coronado Beach, California...

Hotel del Coronado, Coronado Beach, California photochrom print rephotographed on slide film for preservation purposes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today, we change pace. I want to introduce you to a beautiful lady with class and style, a one of a kind. She has been imitated, but never copied. I remember her from my days when I lived in San Diego. Many of the guys in my school wanted to go to Tijuana, but I found the Del more alluring. She has known presidents, princes, the elite of Hollywood, and your’s truly.

The front of the Hotel del Coronado in Coronad...

The front of the Hotel del Coronado in Coronado, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

She opened in 1888 as the Hotel del Coronado, but she is known as the Del. The Hotel del Coronado turns 125 years old this year. The largest and oldest all-wooden building in California, at one time it was on the USA Today’s list of the ten best resorts in the world. In 1880, E.S. Babcock (a railroad executive), Hampton L. Story (a bank president), and Jacob Gruendike (a founder of a piano company) bought all of Coronado and North islands for $110,000. The architect was James W. Reid of New Brunswick, Canada.

Hotel del Coronado in Coronado, California.

Hotel del Coronado in Coronado, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Babcock already knew what he wanted the hotel to be:
“It would be built around a court … a garden of tropical trees, shrubs and flowers, … From the south end, the foyer should open to Glorietta Bay with verandas for rest and promenade. On the ocean corner, there should be a pavilion tower, and northward along the ocean, a colonnade, terraced in grass to the beach. The dining wing should project at an angle from the southeast corner of the court and be almost detached, to give full value to the view of the ocean, bay, and city.”

The old building of the Hotel del Coronado. Ca...

The old building of the Hotel del Coronado. Camera used is a Nikon Coolpix 5000. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Del certainly does that, and it provides a great view across the bay from the mainland. In 1890, the Spreckel family bought out the partners (which had grown to include two more). The Spreckel family owned the hotel until 1948. During World War Two pilots who were in training stayed at the Del with their families. The hotel passed through several hands over the years and is currently owned by the Blackstone Group LP, Strategic Hotels & Resorts Inc., and KSL Resorts. The hotel has over one thousand rooms and is valued at over $500 million.

Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, California as...

Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, California as seen from Cabrillo National Monument (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Construction started in March 1887. Lumber and labor was a problem at the time, Chinese immigrants were brought down from San Francisco and Oakland. All the lumber from the Dolbeer & Carson Lumber Company was sold on an exclusive contract to build the hotel. The builders also constructed their own brick works, and metal and iron shops on the grounds.

English: , Coronado Beach, .

English: , Coronado Beach, . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many of the biggest stars in Hollywood from Charlie Chaplin to Brad Pitt have stayed at the Del. Presidents B. Harrison, McKinley, Taft, Wilson, F. Roosevelt, and every president from Eisenhower to Obama have all stayed at the Del. Frank Baum (the Wonderful Wizard of Oz) did much of his writing there, and supposedly Stephen King’s short story 1408 (which was made into a movie) was written about a haunted room at the hotel. The hotel has also inspired many other short stories, books, and movies.

Lobby area in the Hotel del Coronado. Camera u...

Lobby area in the Hotel del Coronado. Camera used is a Nikon Coolpix 5000. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rooms 3502 and 3312 are supposedly haunted by two young women, both of them were pregnant when they committed suicide at the hotel. The most haunted room is supposed to be room 3327. Other haunted rooms include 3519, 3343, 3284, 3305, 3315 and 3300. Also the lobby, the gift shop, and the hallway on the third floor are supposedly haunted as well. Other ghosts include a Victorian woman who glides across the dance floor, a small boy and girl, other men and women in period clothing, a man dressed in 1940’s style, and some former employees.
Ghosts aside, the Del is just a great hotel with great atmosphere. Feel like being pampered, or pampering a loved one? The Del is the place to go. Rates are about the same as a hotel in New York City, and less than Disney’s imitation of the Del, the Grand Floridian.

Disney - Grand Floridian From Monorail - HDR L...

Disney – Grand Floridian From Monorail – HDR LucisArt (Photo credit: Express Monorail)

I like the Del, just to get away for a day or two. Walk through her doors and the world just melts away. There is no place like that grand old dame of Southern California. I think everyone should stay there at least once. Oh, and don’t worry about ending up in one of the “haunted” rooms. Ghosts enthusiasts book those rooms solid, well in advance.

English: Evening shot of the Hotel Del Coronado

English: Evening shot of the Hotel Del Coronado (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Main building of the Hotel del Coronado. Camer...

Main building of the Hotel del Coronado. Camera used is a Nikon Coolpix 5000. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dracaena draco, the Dragon Tree, at the Hotel ...

Dracaena draco, the Dragon Tree, at the Hotel del Coronado. Camera used is a Nikon Coolpix 5000. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The entrance sign for the Hotel del Coronado i...

The entrance sign for the Hotel del Coronado in Coronado, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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